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From mountain rivulet to brackish estuary your journey starts with Simms Headwaters™ Stockingfoots, combining primetime value with a heaping dose of in-river innovation. Lightweight GORE-TEX® 3-layer fabric enhances maneuverability, while GORE-TEX® reinforced fabric in front leg panel - along with new front leg seam construction - steps up durability when and where it counts. Cinch the top of the wader via an adjustable shock cord to keep essential heat in and weather out, and source the Headwaters today for wallet-friendly meets guaranteed Made in USA performance.
The GORE-TEX® membrane is the heart of all GORE -TEX® products. The GORE-TEX® membrane contains 9 billion microscopic pores per square inch. These pores are so small that water droplets cannot get through but water vapor can still escape. Water from the outside cannot penetrate and cold winds cannot pass through, but perspiration can escape easily, keeping you dry and comfortable all day. GORE-TEX® fabrics are created by integrating the GORE-TEX® membrane between an outer fabric and lining.
Little Parts from the YKK® Fastening Products Group create The Big Difference for our customers — fastening solutions intelligently integrated with the finished product to provide the highest quality, most durable gear. The Little Parts — zippers, metal buttons and snaps, and Nylon buckles — all earn the YKK® brand. The Big Difference begins with their obsession to ensure that every individual component renders maximum value to the finished whole. That commitment instills quality and value into every product. Simms utilizes fasteners built to withstand the harshest environments and YKK® provides the best solutions to meet those needs. All Simms outerwear features nylon YKK® zippers to minimize corrosion and provide high performing, durable wear. www.ykkamerica.com.
The #1 tip to prolonging the life of a wader is drying your waders. It is important to dry your waders out after each use. We recommend drying the inside first (if damp) and then the outside. When drying the outside you can pull your gravel guards up until the feet are dry and then flip them down to dry the rest of the wader
Washing - Use a front load machine or hand wash. Use cold water and normal detergent that does not contain bleach. Once you have washed the waders make sure you dry them properly start by drying the inside first. Never put your waders in the dryer, the heat will adversely affect the seam tape on your waders and will void your warranty.
Fit - We offer more sizes than anyone, a good fit goes a long way to extending the life of your wader. Make it clear that people should use their exact measurements as we have already provided extra room for layering and movement.
General Care - Do not store inside your car for long periods of time excess heat will damage your waders.
Use A Mat - Always put your waders on using a protective mat to shield the neoprene feet from rocks. The Headwaters gear bag for example has a pull out mat that works great for this.
Proper Layering - Do not wear jeans under your waders. Jeans are highly abrasive wearing on your waders from the inside out. More importantly jeans and sweatpants do not transfer moisture away from the body. Use proper layering (to view our layering collection, go here). Using layers such as these will help wick moisture away from your body and assist in the waders ability to breathe.
Stains - most stain removers will work fine on our waders. As long as the stain remover does not contain bleach you should be o.k.
|Men's Sizes||Largest Girth* |
(crotch to floor)
|S||35" - 36"||31" - 32"||7 - 8|
|M||39" - 40"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|MS||39" - 40"||29" - 30"||9 - 11|
|MK||41" - 42"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|ML||39" - 40"||35" - 36"||9 - 11|
|L (9 - 11)||43" - 44"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|L (12 - 13)||43" - 44"||33" - 34"||12 - 13|
|LS||43" - 44"||31" - 32"||9 - 11|
|LK||45" - 46"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|LL (9 - 11)||43" - 44"||35" - 36"||9 - 11|
|LL (12 - 13)||43" - 44"||35" - 36"||12 - 13|
|XL||47" - 48"||35" - 36"||12 - 13|
|XLS||47" - 48"||33" - 34"||9 - 11|
|XLK||49" - 50"||35" - 36"||12 - 13|
|XXL||51" - 52"||35" - 36"||12 - 13|
* These are body measurements
I purchased these in fall of 2011. They get used 20-30 days a year give or take. They were good up until a year ago when leaks started popping up along the crotch and boot liner seams as fast as I could take care of them. I know that they say they will repair the seams professionally at their Montana shop, and I believe that they would, however sending in my waders for a week or two in the middle of our short Lake Superior steelhead season is not really an option that is feasible for a serious fisherman, so aquaseal and patches it is until then. I'll be contacting their service and warranty department once I hang up the rods for the year...so we'll see how much they really stand behind their serious product for serious fishermen.
[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Sorry to hear about the leaks in the middle of the season. Our Bozeman repair center has quick turnaround. Contact our repair center directly at 1-800-217-4667 or [email protected]
(Posted on 10/25/2014)
The Headwaters wader is the best wader for your money, period. You get Simms entry level GORE-Tex wader for a great price. As a gear tester for GORE, I spend a TON of days on the water and in the woods with my gear, and I don't take it easy! I like to hike deep into the wilderness where the only company I will have as I fish is a bear, the fish I am chasing, or other animals! I'm not someone who throws their waders on after I get out of my truck and walk 25 yards into the stream. These waders are breathable, have a great fit, tough as nails, and you get a great price. Don't forget, these are made of GORE-TEX, so you are really getting the best bang for your buck. If I could give one piece of advice to those shopping for waders, it would be to opt for the GORE-TEX every time. I use these year round, and I have plenty of room to throw on layers underneath mine (I'm 6'4, 280 lbs, size 14 boot). While steel heading, I stayed warm, dry, and on the water all day, which lead to more fish! While trout fishing, the sweat is able to escape due to the breathability of these waders. I would buy them again in a heartbeat.
(Posted on 9/23/2014)
Angrt Customer, 8/24/2014
Purchased this brand new pair Headwater less than a month ago. Took it out fishing for the 1st time and found the section between right foot & right neoprene is leaking.
It is the 2nd time in 2 years I found leaky SIMMS wader all within 1 month of purchase.
Not so sure about paying extra for built-in USA quality
(Posted on 8/24/2014)
Salmon Catcher, 5/5/2014
I was initially attracted to the idea of Goretex and pulled the trigger on a pair of these. I wish I had both my time and money back. I walk quite a bit in these waders and I soon discovered that the seam tape on the inside is way too stiff and wears through quickly. I used them today and came home with wet legs. Time to yet again find the aqua seal.
[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Hi Salmon Catcher. We have a repair center in Bozeman Montana. Let's see if we can have those professionally repaired before trying the aqua seal. Our trained repair techs are the best in the industry. Contact us at 888.585.3570 or email [email protected]
(Posted on 5/5/2014)
I got a pair of these to take to Alaska with me this summer, but I've been wearing them across south central Pennsylvania. Theyre holding up quite well and showing little wear, just the dirt and mud thats on them. The gor-tex reinforced crotch and legs make it nice and they are comfortable wading. So far I have no complaints, but time will tell. They get the job done, and if youre a vest/pack fisherman, they dont have all the extra pockets and zippers. However, theirs still enough room to pack some tippet, lead, and a fly box for a quick after work outing, or if youre a minimalist.
(Posted on 5/2/2014)
Went to the wade-fish Bighorn in March, waders filled up, froze and got skunked. Realized it was pathetic to be wearing yard-sale waders as much as I fish. Went online, ordered Patagonias from Sierra Trading Post. Ignorant to wader sizing I bought XLs (I'm 5-9, 175, size 10.5) Ordered Med/long Silver Sonics from Orvis after they gave me a credit card with free shipping and $25. Legs were right but bib came up to my chin and feet were too big. Ordered standard Medium Silver Sonics. Feet and height were right but leg seams would pull out at the rear end if I did any high stepping. Went to Cabela's, tried on Simms and voila, perfect fit in a medium. It's all in the leg and rear-end design. Decision to buy Headwaters instead of Freestones based on velcro front pouch opening on the Freestones. It would take both hands and considerable pulling to tear open the velcro, every time. Impossible with a rod in your hand (there is an inner bib pocket though). Also the Freestones are made overseas, not at the Bozeman plant. The point of all this in summary - I did the homework and in the end knew absolutely the waders I now have are what I wanted all along. Fished them last weekend and all was right in the world.
(Posted on 5/1/2014)
These are great! They fit perfect and I feel like they are durable. My biggest disappointment with is that there are no water proof pockets inside the chest or out. This really stinks because I like to hike and fish and have no place to put my camera or phone for emergencies. Overall I'd recommend them but I was just a little irritated with the lacking feature.
(Posted on 10/27/2013)
I completely wore out a competitor's waders in 3 or 4 years. My headwaters have seen more wear than those in three years and still look almost new. The gravel guards are great. They keep me warm when I need it, but they never overheat either. They are Simms least expensive true Goretex waders made in America and all the wader I need. When these are done I will buy another pair.
(Posted on 10/20/2013)
Pros: Excellent fit and finish. Very durable waterproof fabric. Comfortable. Easy on and off. Booties fit. Bib comes up high to keep you dry. Plenty of room to layer up on cold days.
Cons: No pocket in bibs to store keys or camera. Only one belt loop. Not convertible to waist high waders on hot days.
Overall these are the standard for waders. I'd add another belt loop and an interior pocket to make these perfect.
(Posted on 9/17/2013)
I bought a pair of these in October of 2012. I decided to go with Simms due to their reputation. For the price I paid, I figured that they would last more than a year. They have developed a small leak somewhere in the leg. I haven't really used them that much and always take care with them as I do all my gear. I'm disappointed because I believed I was buying a quality brand with an excellent reputation instead of going with a cheaper brand that could've probably lasted just as long. I will be contacting customer service and hope that they in fact do stand behind their product. Unfortunately, for now I have no choice but to fish with no waders or buy another pair in the meantime.
[Response from Simms Customer Care Team]
Thanks for the straightforward review. At Simms, we are always looking for ways to improve our products, and hearing from our customers is a great way to find out how we can build better gear. To talk to us or provide more feedback, ring us at 888.585.3570 or email [email protected]
(Posted on 9/16/2013)